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Federal Way High School graduate Leighton O’Brien is back with the Seattle Sounders after playing the early season with Real Salt Lake of Major League Soccer.

O’Brien, 29, returned to the Sounders in late June and has played in 14 games (1,175 minutes) recording two goals and three assists. O’Brien played in six games with Real Salt Lake.

O’Brien originally signed with the Sounders in 2001, when he played in 21 games and had 11 goals, seven assists and 29 points. He was named the Sounders’ Most Valuable Player in his first season with the team.

In 2002, O’Brien played in 27 games and netted 13 goals and 11 assists earning A-League MVP honors. He competed in three matches for Seattle in 2003 before he was loaned to Boden BK, a second-division team in Sweden, for two seasons.

O’Brien was drafted by the New England Revolution in 1999 as the 25th pick in the third round of 1999 MLS College Draft out of the University of San Diego. O’Brien was placed on waivers and picked up in April 1999 by the San Jose Clash after being placed on waivers by the Revolution. He played in four games for the San Jose Clash during the season.

• The Central Washington University volleyball team is rolling through the early season. The Wildcats are currently the ninth ranked team in the AVCA Division II national poll and sport an 8-2 record. They have won 25 consecutive Greater Northwest Athletic Conference matches.

Central’s roster includes senior Christina Null from Decatur High School. Null has started all 10 of the Wildcats’ matches and is third on the team with 112 kills. She is leading the team with 31 blocks.

• The Federal Way YMCA is now registering for an Adult Dodge Ball League, which begins Oct. 10 for ages 16 to adult. The league fee is $150 per team and games will be played on Monday evening’s beginning at 6 p.m. The league will run for six weeks.

To register, visit the Federal Way YMCA. Teams must register by Oct. 3. For more information, contact Sean Stolte at (253) 838-4708 or email

• The Federal Way Track Club (FWTC) has begun its sign-up for the 2005 Fall Cross Country season. The track club provides a 10-week fall cross country program for young athletes of all ability levels between the ages of 7 and 18. 

The season begins Sept. 19 with a meeting at Sacajawea Middle School, 1401 Dash Point Road. Club members practice three days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) from 6 to 7:30 p.m., meeting at various parks and trail systems throughout Federal Way.

Runners compete in local club cross country meets on Saturdays through October. After the club meets have concluded, runners have the opportunity to compete in the Junior Olympic Cross Country Series. The local association meet is Nov. 12 at Woodland Park in Seattle. The regional meet will be held Nov. 19 in Spokane and the national meet will be held in Providence, RI on Dec. 10. 

For more information, check or contact head cross country coach Darryl Genest at (253) 839-4964.

• The 18-and-under Federal Way Buzz select baseball team recently returned from San Diego where they played in the United States Amateur Baseball Federation Senior World Series. The 24-team tournament ran from Aug. 5 to Aug 13. The Buzz finished in fourth place with a 6-3 record. The team consists of players from various Federal Way high schools; Thomas Jefferson, Beamer, and Decatur.

The Buzz includes Rico Adams, Teddy Atterbury, Zack Baldwin, Aaron Borth, Aaron Campbell, Adam Capp, Logan Capp, Erik Church, Erik Fitzgerald, Nick Hardy, Jarett Jackson, Kyle Krzyznieski, Jeremy Miller, Todd Muecklisch, Jeff Plute, Jason Summers and Ryan Saunders. The Buzz coaching staff consists of manager David Richardson, assistant coaches Bob Hardy, Dan Richardson and Greg Campbell.

Highlights and outstanding performances came from Campbell (.571 average), Adams (.462 and 13 RBIs), Muecklisch (.389, 10 RBIs and one grand slam), Church (.414), Miller (.435, home run and two doubles), Summers (.522), Jackson (.353) and Hardy (.300, home run). Pitching included Fitzgerald (2-0), Krzyznieski (1-1), Borth (1-0), Saunders (1-1), Plute (1-1) and Baldwin (one save). Plute pitched a complete-game against the Bakersfield Braves with nine strikeouts and one run.

The Buzz finished as league champions in Connie Mack and Senior Babe Ruth leagues within the Puget Sound Baseball League. The Federal Way Buzz Baseball Club is affiliated with the Seattle Baseball Academy.

• The Federal Way YMCA needs volunteer soccer, basketball and roller hockey coaches for all ages and paid dodge ball referees for the upcoming adult dodge ball season. If interested in coaching or refereeing, contact Sean Stolte at (253) 838-4708.

• The Federal Way Boys and Girls Club is currently enrolling for the 2005 EX3 High School Basketball season. The deadline for registration is Sept. 23. Late registration will be accepted on a space available basis.

Registration can be done online or in person at the Club, 30815 8th Ave. S.

EX3 High School Basketball is a separate boys and girls league for individuals in grades nine to 12. Teams are divided into ninth/10th-grade divisions and 11/12th-grade divisions. The season runs from Sept. 26-Nov. 12. Games are played at the brand new EX3 Teen Center located at 31453 28th Ave S. in Federal Way.

The program costs $70, plus a $35 EX3 membership fee.For more information, contact athletic director Dolan Holt at (253) 941-2722, ext. 105, or Kyle Nearhood, assistant athletic director, at ext. 104, or email or

• The Federal Way Boys and Girls Club is currently enrolling for 2005 Munchkin Basketball and Middle School Basketball. The deadline for registration is Oct. 22. Late registration will be accepted on a space available basis.

Registration can be done online at or in person at the club, 30815 8th Ave. S.

Munchkin Basketball is a co-ed league for all youth in first and second grades. Middle School Basketball will be a new format with both boys’ and girls’ leagues in grades six, seven and eight. The season runs from Oct. 31-Dec. 17. Games are played in the surrounding Federal Way area schools, as well as the Federal Way Boys and Girls Club.

The program costs $50 for Munchkin Basketball and $60 for Middle School Basketball — plus a $20 membership fee.

For more information, contact athletic director Dolan Holt at (253) 941-2722, ext. 105, or Kyle Nearhood, assistant athletic director, at ext. 104, or email or

• The Tacoma-Pierce County Volleyball Officials Board is in need of individuals who are interested in officiating middle school, junior high, senior high, college, and recreation department volleyball matches throughout Pierce County. A comprehensive training program is offered for all new officials and the opportunities to advance in the organization are extensive.

Registration is due no later than Aug. 18. For additional information on becoming a volleyball official, visit or contact Marc Blau at (253) 848-1360 or or Teri Wood at (253) 475-7351 or

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